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Clergy protest legislation targeting transgender children in Missouri

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 2, 2023

(RNS) — Jewish and Christian clergy have taken an active role in protesting what one advocacy group has called the ‘most dangerous’ session of the Missouri Legislature for the LGBTQ community it has seen in years.

A new vision for the National Prayer Breakfast

By Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — February 2, 2023

(RNS) — Will the new organizers of this annual event embrace our founding principle of freedom of belief for all?

Pope urges Congo youth to reject corruption and they respond

By Jean-yves Kamale — February 2, 2023

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Deafening cheers and chants greeted Francis on his last full day in Congo as he joined tens of thousands of young people at the Martyrs’ Stadium in the capital, Kinshasa. The Vatican said more than 65,000 people attended.

At Tyre Nichols’ funeral, VP Harris and Sharpton among those praying and promising reform

By Adelle M. Banks — February 1, 2023

(RNS) — ‘When we talk about public safety, let us understand what it means in its truest form: Tyre Nichols should have been safe,’ the vice president said.

Should clergy be mandated reporters? New York’s CARE Act says yes

By Kathryn Post — February 1, 2023

(RNS) — ‘Because pastors do not report abuse, it allows abusers to keep on preying on vulnerable individuals,’ said advocate Abbi Nye.

Time to remember more than one atrocity? A defense of Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Avi Shafran — February 1, 2023

(RNS) — There’s a reason we take a special day to remember the Holocaust.

American Atheists board members exit, dogged by misconduct allegations

By Bob Smietana — February 1, 2023

(RNS) — Several fans have accused popular atheist podcaster Andrew Torrez, who recently stepped down from the board of American Atheists, of harassment.

A solemn Buddhist ceremony offers comfort, healing at site of Monterey Park shooting

By Alejandra Molina — February 1, 2023

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (RNS) — ‘If we take hatred for hatred, we will never have peace of mind,’ said the Venerable Chang Ju. ‘We need the wisdom to overcome all this.’

Black women are forced to mourn in public long before they’ve processed privately

By Jennifer R. Farmer — February 1, 2023

(RNS) — Society asks Black women to share their grief as the world looks on.

What will it take for Mormon women and girls to be believed?

By Jana Riess — January 31, 2023

(RNS) — Mormon men seem no more prone to abuse than men of other faiths. The failure comes after abuse is reported.

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